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April Fish Day (Pesce d'Aprile) or Italy's April Fool's Day starts out the month, so watch for fishy jokes. The middle promises lots of "Artusi" for the 100th anniversary of the death of the Father of Italian Cuisine, Pellegrino Artusi; and April goes out with a bang on Easter with the Scoppio del Carro - the Explosion of the Cart.

Wishing you an April filled with sunshine and flowers to all from SUZANNE, CORSO, BEI, SANDRA, LORI, ANNA PIA, ANN and MARIO.



BEST EXTRAVAGANZA FOR APRIL Scoppio del Carro on Easter Sunday

Between 10 and 11 o'clock on Easter Sunday morning, a tradition that has played out annually over the last 500 years will be celebrated in front of the Duomo in Florence. The Scoppio del Carro, or Explosion of the Cart, is a mixed pagan/religious ceremony. Marking both Easter and Spring, the successful ignition of the cart guarantees good crops, a successful harvest, stable civic life and bountiful trade, as well as signifying the passage of new holy fire to light those extinguished on Good Friday.
A thirty-foot carved and painted wooden cart (the present version is over 150 years old) is pulled by flower-bedecked white oxen from Porta al Prato to Piazza del Duomo. A mechanical dove ‘flies' down a line through the open doors of the cathedral, picks up ‘fire' at the altar, returns to the cart and ignites the explosion of one of the best day-time fireworks display in the world.
It was during the pontificate of Leo X (Giovanni de'Medici, 1513-1521), the ‘colombina‘ - the mechanical bird, shaped like a dove with an olive branch in its beak - was used for the first time. At the Gloria of the Easter Mass, the deacon uses holy fire kindled from the stone chips - obtained during the crusades of 1099 from the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem - to light a fuse attached to the dove.

BEST OFFER FOR APRIL - Free Museum Entry

FREE EXHIBIT AT THE UFFIZI - The Uffizi's new exhibition, Figures, Memory, Space. Drawings from Fra Angelico to Leonardo, displays over 100 works by Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Mantegna, Michelangelo and Titian. It shows how drawings were used to prepare for major paintings and frescoes and, later in the 15th century, how they became works of art in their own right, particularly with the arrival of print-making from northern Europe.

Fifty prints are on view in a free exhibit in the Reali Poste exhibition space off of the Uffizi courtyard. A simple labyrinth was created so that each of the sketches can be viewed in its own space and also offers a sense of privacy to the viewer.

Dates: March 8 to June 12, 2011
Time: 8:30am to 6:30pm

CULTURAL HERITAGE WEEK - For the week of April 9 to 17, Italy celebrates its cultural patrimony by opening all state-run museums admission-free. The list of these museums in Florence happily includes: the Uffizi; the Pitti Palace museums (Palatine, Silver and Porcelain museums, and the Costume Gallery); the Accademia; Bargello, Archaeological Museum; the Medici Chapels; San Marco Museum; and the Semi-Precious Stone Inlay Museum (Opificio delle Pietre Dure).

If you are planning to get into the Uffizi or the Accademia during this week, you should make a reservation by calling 055 294883. You will pay 4 euro for each "free" ticket, but you will not have to wait in a 4-hour line.


The name, Ora d'Aria, refers to the "hour of air" or time spent by inmates exercising outdoors while serving a term in prison. But, perhaps, it also refers to the breath of fresh air this restaurant brings to the oft-stuffy Florentine insistence on how to cook and present traditional Tuscan recipes.
Chef-owner Marco Stabile was born in Tuscany and is in his mid-30s. Ora d'Aria is a labor of love that follows a rocketing career through a number of well-known Tuscan restaurants, including Arnolfo (two Michelin-starred establishment in Colle Val d'Elsa), where he backed chef/owner Gaetano Trovato, one of Italy's best chefs.
The reason for the name Ora d'Aria was because it was initially located outside the former Renaissance women's prison, Le Murate. But in 2010, Stabile obtained an exciting new space behind the west corridor of the Uffizi in Via dei Georgofili. This centrally-located restaurant, with its glass wall to the open kitchen and simple décor keeps your attention on the food through all the steps of the process: selection of dishes from the ever-changing menu; preparation and cooking; service by the chef with an explanation of the ingredients; on to the last morsel of a superb dessert.
You can order à la carte, but the set menus (one Tuscan, the other fish) are good value. The lunchtime menu, which offers a choice of dishes in either tapas version or a full portion, is a particular bargain. The tapas version of a hamburger with an apple slice standing in for lettuce and tomato gets raves for presentation and is only three bites big, but they are the best three bites in town.
Ora d'Aria:
Where:  Via dei Georgofili, 11r
When:  Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Saturday, Monday dinner only. Closed Sunday and Monday lunch.
Phone:  055 200 1699 Reservations recommended.
Web: www.oradariaristorante.com
How Much:  Lunch - 25 to 35 euro per person. Dinner - 40 to 60 euro per person.

MUSEUM FOR APRIL - Palazzo Strozzi: Angry Young Men: Picasso, Miró, Dalí

Until July 17, Palazzo Strozzi hosts another fascinating exhibit. This time we get to explore the early years of the careers of Picasso, Miró and Dalí, which played a decisive role in the beginning of modern art in Spain.

The exhibition concentrates on Picasso's pre-cubist period 1900 - 1905, whilst Juan Miró's works of 1915-1920 are presented along with Salvador Dali's from 1920-1925, both artists painting in the period before the discovery of surrealism. Each artist will be represented by 25 - 30 masterpieces selected to show aspects of the three artists in their earliest periods, works that are rarely shown in mainstream catalogues and exhibitions. For instance, Picasso's early work was often coloured by his strong political convictions.

Web Site: Angry Young Men: Picasso, Miró, Dalí
Hours: Daily 9 am-8 pm, Thursday 9 a.m-11 p.m.
Reservations: prenotazioni@cscsigma.it

FLORENTINE ARTISAN FOR APRIL - Gianni Raffaelli at L'Ippogrifo
Located in the Oltrarno, there is a truly unique studio-laboratory where Gianni Raffaelli and Francesca Bellesi produce original etchings. Gianni and his wife opened L'Ippogrifo studio/laboratory in 1980 and can be found minding the shop while working on new designs. He is pleased to demonstrate the artistry and talk about the process with visitors and customers.
The prints created at L'Ippogrifo are all original etchings, engraved entirely by hand on a copper plate, printed one by one without mechanical process, colored in watercolor, signed by the artist and progressively numbered in a limited edition. This technique is precisely the same as that which was conceived and developed in the old artisan workshops of Florence over 500 years ago.
Gianni, as many other Oltrarno artisans, is witnessing the extinction of other Oltrarno botteghe; but despite all this he remains faithful to his craft, being aware that he is one of the few who still holds the keys of the tradition of the great Florentine master printers.
L'Ippogrifo Stampe d'Arte
Via Santo Spirito 5/r (FI)
Tel. 055 213255
Web Site: stampeippogrifo.com

RECIPE FOR APRIL - Francesca's Florentine Food: Chocolate Decadence Cake

Francesca Boni, cooking instructor at FriendInFlorence (www.friendinflorence.com), says, "Decadence is defined as a process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline - as in morals or art. In times of natural disaster, war, and all kinds of bad news, what better recipe to sweeten your palate? Enjoy it!"


150 grams chocolate
1 espresso cup of coffee
100 grams butter
½ spoon vanilla extract
4 eggs
100 grams dark sugar
50 grams white sugar
30 grams flour
Powder sugar

Preheat oven at 175 C (350F)
Grease a small round pan (20 cm or 8") with butter
Melt the chocolate with coffee and butter (low fire and stirring) using double boiler.
When it is uniform pour it in a bowl, let it cool and add vanilla.
Using a mixer, beat the egg yolks with the sugar, and add to the rest.
Sift in the flour while slowly stirring.
In a different bowl, beat up the egg whites until stiff. Add them to the rest stirring slowly.
Pour into baking pan.
Cook for about 45 minutes/1 hour, or until an inserted a toothpick comes out clean.
Let it cool in the pan for at least one hour.
Turn the cake on a serving plate and sift on it powder sugar

Serve with gelato, whipped cream or berries.


Grom is a high quality gelateria - a bit expensive, always consistent, and always excellent - our only complaint - the line is too long.

In 2002, Guido Martinetti and Federico Grom of Torino had the idea to apply to the artisanal gelato production, a principle common to all the best restaurants in the world: the purchase of absolute top quality raw materials. With that purpose in mind, they searched for the best that agriculture has to offer, from the Langhe to Sicily and Central America. The standards are strict: only fresh seasonal fruit, coming from the best consortia in Italy and from their farm Mura Mura. They do not allow colorings or artificial additives. Fresh mountain water for the sorbets and high-quality whole milk for the creams, organic eggs and a selection of the best cocoas and coffees from Central America all add up to great gelato.

Via del Campanile at the corner of Via delle Oche
Open from 10:30am - midnight

FORZA VIOLA!! FOR APRIL - Florentine Calcio

P&F Sports Reporters Simon Clark & Anne Brooks bring you February's Florentine Calcio results and the upcoming schedule for April.

Forza Viola! ... The boys are back in town! Normal service is resuming. Confidence is rising as stalwarts return from injury - Montolivo to run the show, Mutu to score goals, Vargas to bring us a second away win of the season. As the grapevine whispers of a change of manager at the end of this campaign, Mihajlovic is entitled to a smirk as he sees on the pitch the rewards of a lot of patience and commitment. Signora Miha is probably grateful, too!

Fiorentina's Results
Week 27: Bari-Fiorentina DREW 1-1
Week 28: Fiorentina-Catania WON 3-0
Week 29: Chievo-Fiorentina WON 1-0
Week 30: Fiorentina-Roma DREW 2-2

Primavera Coppa: Fiorentina-Roma DREW 1-1

Serie A. To Bari. Bottom. Looking over their shoulders at Serie B. Out of the blocks - Ljajic fired over before Gilardino's 200th Serie A goal in the 6th minute. What was exciting was not just the goal but the manner of its creation and execution - Montolivo was looking for Gila; the forward was anticipating Monto and absorbed with ball and net. If Mutu's spectacular overhead kick had gone in shortly after, who knows what the score might have been? Magari, the quality of play deteriorated, lit only by farce as a Gamberini cock-up left Boruc a desperate clearance that ricocheted off a Bari forward but bounced millimetres over. With 3 minutes to go, confusion allowed Bari a screamer that left Boruc helpless. That's 2 points down the stank. [NB. Stank: a Scottish word referring to the storm drain in the street.]

Catania offers themselves on a sunny afternoon. The Elefantini huff and puff but are bulldozed by an increasingly ebullient Viola. Mutu is getting the message. 21 minutes of desultory play and then Gilardino does superbly as he is forced down by a defender (a penalty if we hadn't scored) to nod a Santana corner across goal and Adrian gives us the lead. Three minutes later, Mutu rifles in a second after Santana's mazy dribble. Catania don't give up but Boruc, seemingly growing larger as the game wears on, makes light of anything they throw his way. On the hour, sparkling play by Mutu and Montolivo leaves Gila to tap in a third. Babacar comes on to clip the woodwork; Vargas to draw a fine save from a 40-metre cannonball - the left leg retains its power. At the final whistle, for the first time this season, Sinisa and the players look really happy!

And more! We edged Chievo 1-0 earlier in the season but they have been looking impressive of late and stand just behind us. Not anymore. Another reminder of the way things ought to be; Vargas makes his first start since edging back from injury and pockets the three points with a sweetly-struck free kick that powers in off the post. Bar the normal alarums & excursions (with which Boruc deals nicely), Chievo are held in control; we, on the other hand, hit the woodwork once, twice, three times. Confidence is flowing as we shift up to eighth position, two points behind a flailing Juventus. Today, it doesn't seem crazy to think about a Europa Cup finish - but next we have to deal with Roma.

First, 12,000 fans turn up to the Stadio for the first leg of the Youth Cup Final against Roma. With the accent on youth, consider that our team includes Camporese - who has established himself in our first team squad; these kids are no mugs. The first half is balanced but we are grateful for two great saves from keeper Seculin. Into the second half and Carraro lobs the Roma goalkeeper to give us the lead; shortly after, he almost makes it two. But not quite and in the 85th minute, Roma get the equaliser. Everything to play for!

What did the Romans ever do for us, eh? The senior Roma came, saw, were lucky to escape with a point as we begin with the old Viola sparkle. On 21 minutes, Mutu shows how it's done as he swerves at speed through their defense and finishes clinically. Baba Natale arrives hideously early to gift-wrap Roma a very soft penalty. Fiorentina are still in the ascendant; 34 minutes and Mutu nods on a Santana corner for Gamberini to return us the lead; another Mutu header arches over a beaten Roma keeper but bounces away off the woodwork. Roma buck their ideas up after the break, remembering that they are the invaders, and Francesco Totti fires in a fine equaliser - Life Is Now for Francesco! We still look the stronger, classier team. A piece of long-range Vargas ordnance twangs the Roman crossbar and Gila continues to give them goose bumps but 2-2 is how it finishes. We sit in ninth position. Comfortable.

As far as we know, T S Eliot didn't follow Italian football but April is definitely looking cruel as the penultimate month of the championship. We're not going to qualify for Europe; that was clear from the fag-end of Prandelli's reign. We need to finish in a style that convinces of potential for a future upswing. We have to do that with four games that include home games with league-leaders, Milan, and arch-foes, Juventus (themselves wobbling). A trip to Cagliari is always a test; can we even be sure of three points at lowly Cesena? There are 12 points at stake here - if we mean business, we should capture more than 50% and not lose. And let's not forget the visit of the kids to the capital for the second leg of their cup final ... Alé Viola!

Ticket information - seating plan, prices, and ticket outlets - is on the "biglietteria" section of the club's website [www.it.violachannel.tv ]. Tickets can be purchased at official box offices and holders of TicketOne lottery franchises. Sources include:

CHIOSCO DEGLI SPORTIVI, via degli Anselmi (between Piazza Repubblica and the Odeon cinema). Tel 055 292363.
BAR MARISA, viale Manfredo Fanti 41. Tel 055 572723.
BAR STADIO, viale Manfredo Fanti 3r. Tel 055 576169.
ACF OFFICIAL TICKET-OFFICE, via Dupre' 28 (corner of via Settesanti).
NUOVO BOX OFFICE, via Luigi Alamanni 39 (close to SMN station). Tel 055 264321
FELTRINELLI FIRENZE, Via de'Cerretani 39/32R


Book for these:

Upcoming Fixtures:
Primavera Coppa: 31 March/away Roma-Fiorentina
Week 31: 03 April/away Cesena-Fiorentina
Week 32: 10 April/home Fiorentina-Milan
Week 33: 17 April/home Fiorentina-Juventus
Week 34: 23 April/away Cagliari-Fiorentina

BEST PARADE IN APRIL - Scoppio del Carro: Before & After

Due to the incredible crowds packed into the piazza in front of the Duomo, the best place to get a view of the oxen and the cart is along the route on Borgo Ognissanti and Via Vigna Nuova, both before and after the Scoppio del Carro. Before the cart "explodes" a parade of armored guards, costumed musicians, and elegant nobility, attired in 15th century dress, march in front of the cart, escorting it to the Duomo. Teams of flag throwers entertain people lined up along Via Vigna Nuova and Via Strozzi. After the fireworks, the oxen take the cart back to its "garage" - a great time to see the flower-adorned animals and the fabulous designs on the carro.



The new 72-hour (3-day) museum pass - Firenze Card - just went on sale (50 euro) during the last week of March. On the excellent web site that supports the card, it explains:
"Firenze Card is a 72 hours card that gives you admission to 33 of the most important museums in Florence. You will have access not only to permanent collections, but also to exhibitions and all other activities held in that museum without further costs. You have just to show your card at the entrance to the museum's personnel, who will record your entry and let you in. The card can be used just once in each museum, and it will provide free access also to a EU citizen under-eighteens accompanying you To use your card for public transport, just swipe it against the validation machines located on every bus or tram."
See the Firenze Card web site for more information in both Italian and English: firenzecard.it

Pellegrino Artusi, author of the famous Italian cookbook La Scienza in Cucina e l'Arte di Mangiare Bene (The Science of Cooking and the Art of Eating Well), is the father of Italian cuisine. This year - the 100th anniversary of his death - will be remembered with special events and celebrations, especially in Forlimpopoli, Artusi's birth place, and Florence, the city where Artusi spent his life.

April 1
At the Biblioteca delle Oblate, at 5:30pm, Chef Fabio Picchi will read and interpret (in Italian) La scienza in cucina e l'Arte di mangiar bene by Artusi.
For Informationi: Tel. 055 2616512

April 2
Artusi Market, Piazza della Repubblica
Quality agricultural products of Tuscan origin will be available directly from the grower and will be themed on the legacy of Artusi.

April 9
Presentation (in Italian) at the Palagio di Parte Guelfa of the book "A Table with Artusi" 120 years after the publication of La scienza in cucina e l'Arte di mangiar bene by Artusi. The best dishes are paired with anecdotes of life in Florence, during the time of the family Artusi. The volume contains 250 new recipes and a selection of another 140 taken from the manual by Artusi.
For information: Tel. 055 577 855)

April 10
Walking with Luciano and Ricciardo Artusi, descendants of Pellegrino Artusi will conduct a walking tour illustrating and describing the places where Pellegrino and his family lived. Meeting point: Piazza della Signoria, 10:00am. For information: Section of COOP members in the Florence South East Mall Gavinana
For Information: Tel. 055.681.1973

April 14
Florentine Walking Tour and Dinner: Poet Elizabeth B. Browning and author Vasco Pratolini dined with Pellegrino Artusi. Starting with a visit to Casa Guidi, home of Browning, and then out to Piazza San Felice and along Via Maggio, this is a stroll through the neighborhood of San Frediano in the footsteps of Browning, Pratolini and Artusi. The evening ends with dinner and menu dedicated to Pellegrino Artusi.
For information: Biblioteca Comunale di Palagio di Parte Guelfa (tel. 055.261.6039)

April 30 to May 8
ART - International Handicraft Trade Fair. As part of the 75th edition of the International Exhibition(see below), dedicated to the art of doing, there will be a restaurant that will offer special events and a menu devoted to the Risorgimento and Pellegrino Artusi.
For information: Florence Confesercenti - Tel. 055.2705300

Firenze Moms 4 Moms Network was setup to assist English-speaking mothers in Florence and the surrounding areas. This network was organized in 2004 to give information that is helpful for English speaking moms that are trying to raise children in Italy.
 Firenze Moms 4 Moms knows how hard it is to move to another country, let alone with little children. This site is designed to give mothers information needed for raising their children while living in beautiful Firenze, Italy.  The website contains events and other activities that you might find useful in socializing with other moms.
In signing up with the Network, you can interact with other moms that are going through the same experiences you are going through.  It is also a good way to find your children some English speaking friends.

Firenze Moms 4 Moms Network
Email: infotiscali@firenzemoms4moms.net
Web Site: http://www.firenzemoms4moms.net/

On April 3, join the action in Piazza Santa Croce at 9:30 when the 28th annual Vivicittà half marathon takes off. The route leads the athletes through the city of Florence. Sign-ups close on the 1st. The Florence event is organized by the UISP of Florence in collaboration with the local sport and education office, Vivicittà is one of similar events in 43 Italian cities and 18 cities around the world. Every year, the event's three races honor international solidarity, but this year it has an added focus on Italian unity, human rights and the environment. Vivicittà will collect funds this year to help build a multifunctional sports complex in a school in Senegal. One euro of every registration fee will be donated to the cause.

For info see www.mediauisp.it or call 055432055 or 055 9060156 for further information.

On April 13 at 9:15pm, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Franz Liszt there will be a free concert of organ and choral music in the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Piero Monti will direct organist Andrea Secchi and the Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Via Crucis R. 534 by Franz Liszt.

Sunday, April 10, join St. James for the annual Spring Fair from 12:30 to 5:00 pm. There will be a barbecue lunch, books for sale, Mary Ann's Treasure Trove, a bake sale, new boutique & jewelry, children's activities, plus nearly new and vintage clothing and accessories.

St. James Church, Via Rucellai 9, info@stjames.it, www.stjames.it

Pianist Ivo Pogorelich gives a special recital of Chopin and Liszt at the Teatro Verdi in honor of the 200th Anniversary of Liszt's birth. April 21 at 9:00pm at Teatro Verdi, Via Ghibellina, 99r. See http://www.teatroverdionline.it.

Sunday 17 browse this lovely fair in Piazza Santo Spirito and pick up natural and organic products, from fresh cheeses, to jams, clothing, and handmade items of all sorts. Open from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.

The Day of Liberation is on April 25, but the Orchestra della Toscana is taking that day to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Unification of Italy. Whichever you feel like celebrating that day, go to the Teatro Verdi (Via Ghibellina, 99r, and enjoy a free concert with the Orchestra and the Chorus of the Maggio Musicale. Admission is by invitation, so stop by the box office after Monday, April 11, and get yours. The concert begins at 9pm.

From April 29th to May 1st, the 9th Italian Tango Festival in Florence will light up the Saschall Theater (and other locations around town). From rank beginners to some of the world's best tangueros, all will have a chance to experience the intense emotions of tango.The annual Florence Tango Festival welcomes top international dancers to Florence. Elegant performances are accompanied by art exhibitions, workshops, dinners and free tango classes, should you feel inspired by what you see.

With its theme of 'Pure Emotion', the 2011 edition sees guests like Agustina Vignau & Marco Palladino, Andrea Missè & Javier Rodriguez and Andrea Reyero & Sebastian Missè give outstanding performances.

For information regarding classes, workshops and all the tango events see www.tangoclub.it

In Italy, April 25, 1945 was the day when the Allied troops finally were able to liberate Italy - and today, it commemorates not just that liberation but also is a date when Italians honor their fallen soldiers. In particular, Liberation Day is a day on which to honor the fallen partisans of the Italian Resistance who fought the Nazis as well as Mussolini's troops throughout World War II.

On April 25, Florence celebrates Liberation Day with a parade starting at 10:00 am in Piazza dell'Unità, and a concert by the Rossini Philharmonic Orchestra at 5:00 pm in Piazza Signoria.

At the Florence University of the Arts in the Sala Michelangelo, on Via Magliabechi 1, Thursday, April 28, at 6:00pm, join John Hoenig for his lecture Disegni Magnifici : The Uffizi's Collection of Drawings
by Bernardo Buontalenti.

The Gabinetto Disegni e Stampe degli Uffizi contains almost two hundred unframed sheets in the hand of Buontalenti. All are working drawings commissioned by the Medici family with whom Buontalenti spent his entire career. Although the majority of the drawings are generally scaled technical and decorative designs for both architectural and ephemeral projects - and many contain marginalia that reveal much of the artist's thought process and working practice - there are some intriguing works which are clearly intended for presentation and worthy of further inspection.

John Hoenig has had an extensive career as a director and lighting designer in theatre and special events. Since moving to Florence to become an independent scholar, he has been undertaking research at the Uffizi and the V&A into Buontalenti's theatrical and architectural designs. In the past year, John has presented papers in Florence and London on Buontalenti, Bronzino and the work of his father, Laszlo Hoenig, a Hungarian architect and designer.

From April 30 to May 8, check out the Fortezza da Basso for an array for the best artistic handicraft work that Italy and the world have to offer. The International Arts and Crafts exhibition has reached its 75th edition and it is not by chance that ART was born and developed in Florence. Artistic handicraft is an important richness of this culture and economy, one of the sectors which made the ingeniousness of "Made in Italy" products known and well-regarded all over the world. Artisans from around the globe will bring clothing, furnishings, silver, gold, giftware, health and beauty products, food and wine. The Fair this year, will be characterized by a vision toward the future, aiming at new shapes, new materials, and new colors, without forgetting the traditions of the past. Fortezza da Basso, Viale Strozzi 1. Open daily from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm (last day until 8:00 pm.). Ticket € 5.00.

From April 25 to May 2, in the fairytale setting of Florence's Giardino dell'Orticultura, not far from Piazza della Libertà, it is possible to browse amongst flowers of every color, shape and size. Smell them, touch them, and most of all, take some home. From primroses, to cactus to bonsai, nearly 50 different produces and growers come together to present their colorful wares. It is a great excuse to visit one of Florence's best "hidden" secrets.

The Giardino dell'Orticultura has entrances at Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 4 and off the Via Bolognese. Open daily 8 am - 7:30 pm. Free admission.

The British Institute of Florence announced that Sara Milne has been appointed as the new Director.
Sara was the founder and CEO of Science and Media, a company which worked with the Science Museum in London to commercially exploit their collection and intellectual property, in particular for educational purposes. Sara has a wide range of management and marketing skills and knows Italy well; she was born in Rome and has lived and worked in Italy at various times throughout her career. Director Milne said, "It's an exciting and challenging time to be assuming leadership of such a respected cultural organization, and I look forward to immersing myself in Florentine life and working with all of its supporters to make the future of the British Institute as memorable as the past." Chairman of the Institute's Board of Governors, Richard Jacques said, "In appointing Sara Milne the Governing Body believes that her strong marketing and museum background will be a valuable asset and that she will bring new vision and energy to the British Institute."

LECTURES IN ENGLISH - British Institute of Florence

Every Wednesday at 6:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a free lecture, concert or other event, followed by an informal reception. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.

By press time of the P&F Newsletter the Cultural Programme had not been released. To find out what's on for April go to www.britishinstitute.it and click on the Events Page or stop by the Library and pick up a copy of the April Programme.


The Talking Movies Series at the British Institute Library. Every Wednesday at 8:00 pm, the Sala Ferragamo in the Institute's Harold Acton Library hosts a film, followed by discussion. The British Institute Library, Lungarno Guicciardini 9.

By press time of the P&F Newsletter the April Talking Movies Series had not been released. To find out what's on for April go to www.britishinstitute.it and click on the Events Page or stop by the Library and pick up a copy of the April Series.

Original Language Series - Odeon Theatre, Piazza Strozzi 2. Phone: 055 214 068. www.cinehall.it (Note: if not at the Odeon, then at Cinema ASTRA2)

Cinema ASTRA2
Monday, 4 April
The Fighter by David O'Russel (USA 2010, 115')
4.10 - 6.20 - 8.30 - 10.30 pm
A look at the early years of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward and his brother who helped train him before going pro in the mid 1980s.

Cinema ASTRA2 
Monday, 11 April
Winter's Bone by Debra Granik (USA 2010, 100')
4.30 - 6.30 - 8.30 - 10.30 pm
An unflinching Ozark Mountain girl hacks through dangerous social terrain as she hunts down her drug-dealing father while trying to keep her family intact.
Tuesday, 12 April
Just Go With It by Dennis Dugan (USA 2011, 116')
4.10 - 6.20 - 8.30 - 10.30 pm
 On a weekend trip to Hawaii, a plastic surgeon convinces his loyal assistant to pose as his soon-to-be-divorced wife in order to cover up a careless lie he told to his much-younger girlfriend.

Thursday 14 April
The King's Speech by Tom Hooper (GB, AUS 2010, 111')
4.10 - 6.20 - 8.30 - 10.30 p.m.
 Based on the true story of King George VI, the film follows the Royal Monarch's quest to find his voice. After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth, the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue. After a rough start, the two delve into an unorthodox course of treatment and eventually form an unbreakable bond.

Monday 18 April
Never Let Me Go by Mark Romanek (USA/GB 2010, 103')
4.10 - 6.20 - 8.30 - 10.30 pm
 As children, Ruth, Kathy and Tommy, spend their childhood at a seemingly idyllic English boarding school. As they grow into young adults, they find that they have to come to terms with the strength of the love they feel for each other, while preparing themselves for the haunting reality that awaits them.
Tuesday, 26 April & Wednesday, 27 April
No Strings Attached by Ivan Reitman (USA 201, 108')
4.10 - 6.20 - 10.30 pm
A guy and girl try to keep their relationship strictly physical, but it's not long before they learn that they want something more.

Cinema ASTRA2
Thursday, 28 April
The Next Three Days by Paul Haggis (USA 2010, 122')
A married couple's life is turned upside down when the wife is accused of a murder.


2 April, 4pm
F. Schubert

3 April, 9pm
J. S. Bach

9 April, 4pm
L. van Beethoven, K. Szymanowski, R. Schumann

10 April, 9pm
F. Schubert 

16 April, 4pm
J.S. Bach

17 April, 9pm
F. Couperin 
Teatro della Pergola, Via della Pergola 12/32, Tel. 055 2479651. See the Amici della Musica website at http://www.amicimusica.fi.it/amuspro.htm


April 14, 10:30am Open Dress Rehearsal
Zubin Mehta & Arabella Steinbacher, violin
W. A. Mozart, G. Mahler

April 14, 8:30pm Concert
Zubin Mehta & Arabella Steinbacher, violin
W. A. Mozart, G. Mahler

April 28 7:30pm Opera
Aida by G. Verdi
Zubin Mehta, director
Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

April 29 10:30am Open Dress Rehearsal
Zubin Mehta | Daniel Barenboim, piano
Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Ludwig van Beethoven

April 29 7:30pm Concert
Zubin Mehta | Daniel Barenboim, piano
Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Ludwig van Beethoven

April 30 8:30pm Concert
Zubin Mehta | Daniel Barenboim, piano
Orchestra and Chorus of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Ludwig van Beethoven

Ticket Office Teatro Comunale
Corso Italia 16 - Firenze - fax: +39 055 287222
Tues. - Fri. 10:00-16:30 & Sat. 10:00-13:00

Tickets on line


April 2, 10:00pm
Carte Blanche to Mirko Guerrini, sax
April 9, 10:00pm
Enten Eller Quartet
April 16, 10:00pm
Jazzasonic of Dario Cecchini, baritone and soprano sax, flute
Marco Tamburini, trumpet and flugelhorn / Leonardo Pieri, keyboards and live electronics / Paul Ghetti bass / Walter Paoli, drums

V.LE D. V. D. GIANNOTTI, 13 - FIRENZE Giannotti, 13 - Firenze
Tickets: 10 euro
TEL. Tel. 055.683388 055.683388
INFO@PINOCCHIOJAZZ.IT info@pinocchiojazz.it

Purchase tickets for theatre, concerts and other events at the following ticket agencies: BOX OFFICE: Via delle Vecchie Carceri, 1 (near S. Ambrogio inside the Murate complex), open M-F 9:30 to 7:00 pm, and Sat. 9:30 to 2:00 pm ARGONAUTA VIAGGI, Lungarno Torrigiani 33/B, Tel.055/2342777. Many tickets can be pre-purchased via www.ticketone.it, www.boxol.it.

Easter 2003 saw the birth of our renowned World Sacred Music Week festival in the Chiesa di Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence, which has since continued with great success each year during Holy Week. The festival runs for one week before Easter and offers one or two concerts a day.

17 April 6:30pm | RAMIN BAHRAMI - meets the public
17 April 9pm | RAMIN BAHRAMI - BACH Goldberg Variations BWV988
18 April 9pm | CAMERATA SCHOLARUM - PERGOLESI Stabat Mater | VIVALDI violin concerts
19 April 9pm | SALVATORE DI GESUALDO - BACH Die Kunst der Fuge
20 April 9pm | PETER PHILLIPS - DA VICTORIA Requiem
21 April 9pm | TAMSIN WALEY-COHEN - BACH Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
23 April 9pm | AHL FEZ - Sufi music from Morocco

All events take place at Chiesa di Santo Stefano al Ponte in Florence
Web Site: FlorenceYouthFestival.com


7 April, 6:00pm at the Auditorium Banca CR Firenze, Via Carlo Magno, 7
Fabrizio Falasca, violin
Vittoria Quartararo, piano
L. V. Beethoven, R. Schumann, C. Franck
Free entrance with reservation, r.crescioli@scuolamusica.fiesole.fi.it

10 April, 11:00am at Villa La Torraccia - Auditorium Sinopoli
Concert - Class of Pavel Vernikov
Free entrance

10 April, 5:00pm at Seminario di Fiesole - piazza Mino in Fiesole
Concert - Masterclass Fortepiano
Free entrance

15 April, 9:00pm at the Church of Santa Trinita, Florence
Orchestra Galilei - Schola Cantorum F. Landini
Choral Concert
Free Concert

16 April, 5:00pm at Seminario di Fiesole - piazza Mino in Fiesole
Enrico Filippo Maligno, violin
Giacomo Catana, violin
Luigi Capini, viola
Irene Zatta, cello
W. A. Mozart, L. V. Beethoven
Free concert

20 April, 9:00pm at the Auditorium Banca CR Firenze, Via Carlo Magno, 7
F. Schubert, G. Paisiello, C. Carovani,
B. Bartok, R. Prezioso, Z. Kodaly, I. Malizia,
W. A. Mozart, L. V. Beethoven, J. Strauss
Free entrance with reservation, r.crescioli@scuolamusica.fiesole.fi.it

Web Site: ScuoladiMusica.fiesole.it

Florence's Roster Tepidarium of Horticulture is once again open. What does that mean? It's time to have tea with the Butterflies. Visitors can have a glass of prosecco or cup of tea while watching some of the world's most beautiful butterfly species as they fly freely in the 19th-century glass-walled trepidarium, the largest in Italy. Live music every night and tango on Wednesdays add to the fun. The 10 euro entrances fee gets you one drink and an aperitivo buffet.
Located in the Horticultural Garden at Vittorio Emanuele 4. Parking is available at the Parterre car park. Open Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 7pm. Reservations for groups and for private events can be made by calling 055 499334



"Artisan wares market": Sun. 3 (morning to afternoon). Panzano-in-Chianti. The weekly town market held in Panzano is expanded with artisan booths of all sorts. You'll find honey and pecorino (sheep's milk) cheese makers, hand-embroidered linen makers, boutique wineries and antique dealers and much more. To visit Panzano by car from Florence or Siena, take Route 222, the "Chiantigiana" highway passing through the Chianti wine area. From the west, there is a road connecting with the highway at Tavarnelle or S. Donato. This pretty road passes the monastery at Badia a Passignano. It is also possible to reach Panzano by SITA bus from Florence. The trip takes about one hour.

For all things pasta head to Bologna on April 2 and 3 for Pasta trend 2011 at the BolognaFiere Conference Center. There will be demonstrations by chefs, recipes, exhibitors and even, events for children.
Web Site: PastaTrend.com

On April 9, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm, the "Seasonal Market" will bring more than 100 producers and vendors into the town of Montevarchi, giving tastes, selling and ready to speak about their goods. You will find plants, trees, vegetables, fruit, honey, cheeses, wine, and more.

On Easter Monday, April25, plan to take to the road to Impruneta, Greve and Panzano for three festivals - the Mostra dell'antiquariato in Impruneta (runs through May 1), the Mercatino delle cose del passato in Greve and Festa della Stagion Bona in Panzano. You can see a parade in Medieval costumes and a Medieval market in Panzano (see below), shop at a seasonal market in Greve, and buy antiques in Impruneta.

FESTA DELLA STAGION BONA (A local fair in medieval style)
Sunday April 25, Panzano-in-Chianti is traditionally host to a local fair born in remembrance of an event which took place in the twelfth century. One April centuries ago, a young nobleman of the Firidolfi family was taken prisoner and killed by two hit men hired by the Gherardini clan. The present-day procession evokes the event with a parade of more than 200 locals dressed in medieval costume, plus a "trial" and a "hanging". The fun starts around 4:00 pm.

SCOPPIO DEL CARRO (Explosion of the cart)
It seems to be all happening in Panzano. Stay another day and on Tuesday 26, Easter Tuesday. Panzano-in-Chianti hosts a festive, small-town version of the traditional Scoppio del Carro (Exploding Cart). A cart is rigged with fireworks and sparklers so that when a dove-shaped rocket (symbolizing the Holy Spirit) zooms down a steel cable from the impressive local church, it will set off a magnificent dance of fire on impact. Plan to be there by 6:00 pm for all the excitement. For information call 055 852020.



February 6, 2011
To the Newsletter Staff:
Thank you for the information about how and when and where to gain access to Sta. Maria Maddalena de' Pazzi and Perugino's delicate fresco, the Crucifixion.
We all use common expressions, some of which become so popular that they drift over into clichés, and we use them without thinking of what they are actually saying, as, in this case, killing two birds with one stone. Given the global climate of gratuitous violence perpetrated on the vulnerable, like women and children, it is a chilling phrase.
Given the subject matter of the Perugino, it seems peculiarly inappropriate.
I am sure that, as soon as you think about it, you will agree.
If I did not have great respect for Suzanne and, therefore by association, for all who work with her, I would not take the trouble to write. But, having that respect, I also trust that you will be happy that I have written.
With all good wishes,
Kossia Orloff

Dear Kossia Orloff, Thank you for taking the time to write to the P&F Newsletter. We are glad you enjoyed the fresco as much as we did. And we look forward to all of our readers who take a moment to write. Point taken about your reference to our "drift over into clichés" - we'll watch that in the future. Best regards, The Newsletter Staff



A proverb says "Spring has come when you can put your foot on three daisies. This April we wish that you will climb through hills of puple irises and skip through fields of red poppies. Spring has finally arrived in Tuscany!

All the best,

Pitcher and Flaccomio